Ajax Loop – Park Trail

Town of Ajax
Posted on June 24, 2022 / 860
Ajax Loop – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Note : NEW Review
Total Trail Km : 15
Park Path % : 80
Road % : 20
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : paved, bridges, flat sections, gentle hills, open field
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, lodging, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 15 km (loop)

80% park path
20% roadways & crossings

Elevation – Small rises and dips to keep it interesting, one large hill

Terrain – Wide, paved path; small bridges 

Skill – Easy

Maps – No map boards. Not a lot of trail markers, could use more. 

Traffic – Cyclists, walkers, joggers, dogs, kids

Facilities – Parking lot, toilets, benches, picnic tables, fitness stations

Highlights – It’s a loop! Wetlands, open spaces, quiet, food close by

Trail Fee – Free

Phone – 905 683 2951

Website – Town of Ajax

Similar Trails – Rouge Valley, Upper Etobicoke

Local Clubs – Toronto Bicycle Network – TBN 

Access – It’s a loop, so you can start anywhere. I found parking at Millers Creek Park, the lot off 275 Westney Rd. N. in Ajax, was a good starting point.



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Out in the suburbs of Ajax, there is a 15 km bicycle loop that’s perfect for a leisurely cruise. This path winds along small creeks behind neighbourhood backyards and through quiet city parkland. A joy for all to cycle with friends on a lazy afternoon.

I first rode this area when it was undeveloped and not too pretty. Over the years vegetation has filled in, a few signs have been erected, and paths got paved. Fifteen years later, it’s ready to ride, so read on.

Much of the path is in the open, making this a sunny ride with not many shady trees, so get out the sunscreen.

Fields of tall grasses and shrubs give you views of shallow valleys where a paved path winds across the creek over bridges. The route meanders enough to keep it fun and interesting.

Everyone loves a bike loop, so I actually combined two creek bike paths to create a loop for you (though you could also just do one creek and double back). A bike path along Taunton Rd. E. at the north end connects the two park trails. 

I started at Millers Creek Park and headed north, then east over to Carruthers Creek and back down. 

Once you reach Kingston Rd., there’s a bike lane going west to get you back to Chapman Dr., but why would you take it?  The traffic is thick and the car noise you can do without. 

Consider crossing over the road and following the creek a little further south to where it ends at Chambers Dr. 

Here you will head west, then jog north for about 3 km through quiet side streets to complete the loop. This will require referring to a map as there are a lot of ways to get to Ritchie Ave., whereupon you head north to cross Kingston Rd. to pick up the park trail again.

(From Chambers Dr. I continued on to Mandrake St., then left on Doric St., which turns into Ontario St. and then becomes Windsor Ave. Then west on Elm St., took another right on Beatty Rd., and then north on Knapton Ave.)

See, you need a map, and the rest of the route in the park isn’t that well signed. But cycling intuition will tell you to keep to the creek path and not take any side trails up into neighbourhoods.

This loop offers many spots to stop, sit and ponder life or spot wildlife. There are also many food outlets nearby to pick from—and patios to enjoy after your ride.

Last year, behind the Ajax casino/race track, we encountered a little flooding, likely from a beaver dam. It may still not be resolved, but a short detour through the brush will do the trick. 

 

This new ride review is not yet published in my book. But 65 other great destinations are with better maps, elevation graphs and more parking locations. Available as an eBook or paperback.

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Ajax bike trail loop

Ajax bike trail loop

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  • June 24, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    A relaxing route to spin on with much to see. A bit of nature in the city and many backyards back onto this route. There are numerous ponds that have waterfowl. Just east of Toronto, this makes for a good family outing.

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